Details on the death of a longtime owner of a Long Island pizzeria who died in the Dominican Republic have been released. In an announcement, the airline noted "due to recent events" it will grant the waver.
As a result of the inexplicable spate of sudden deaths and violent illnesses reported at luxury resorts in the Dominican Republic, the island nation's tourism industry has taken a catastrophic hit. The bookings then stalled again following the death of travelers Leyla Cox and Joseph Allen in June.
Several of the deaths were reported to be heart attacks, which health officials say is the most common cause of death for Americans on vacation.
"We have unequivocally shown that there is not an avalanche of deaths of American tourists in the country and it is not true that there are mysterious deaths", García said in a press conference with global media.
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While the cause of death has yet to be determined, at least 10 USA citizens have died while vacationing in the Dominican Republic and another dozen have said that they also fell dangerously ill while on the island.
The State Department confirmed the death, although the cause remains unknown. However, one case, in particular, has left investigators baffled: The deaths of Nathaniel E. Holmes and Cynthia A. Day, an American couple found dead on the same day in their room.
Here's a look at how many American tourists have died unnaturally in the tropical hotspot, and how that compares to other popular Caribbean destinations. A family spokesman told reporters that she collapsed after getting a drink from the minibar.
"These cases are very regrettable, but isolated", Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia said in a statement this month. For ticket holders who want to keep the Dominican Republic as a destination, but modify their reservations to a later date, they can make a one-time change and Delta will "waive any applicable change fee".
In other words: The odds of a USA visitor dying unnaturally in the Dominican Republic in 2017 was about 0.82 per 100,000.
"We can confirm the death of a USA citizen in the Dominican Republic on June 25". This is a practice smart travelers should implement for any trip.